Asmer joins GP2 series

Asmer joins GP2 series

10 June 2008 – BMW Sauber F1 test driver Marko Asmer will become the first Estonian driver to compete in the GP2 Series as he joins Fisichella Motor Sport International for the remainder of the 2008 season.

The 23-year-old reigning British F3 Champion will join the team in this week's mid-season test at the Paul Ricard circuit in the South of France, and will make his debut with the team later this month at the Magny Cours race alongside Roldan Rodriguez. The French round is the fourth of this season's ten weekends.

Asmer won the Nordic, Finnish, Baltic and Estonian karting championships in one season at the age of 15 and dominated the 2001 Karting World Championship. He made his single-seater debut in Formula Ford in 2003, earning five victories and 2nd in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. He took part in several test days with the BMW Williams F1 team.

He entered the British F3 championship in 2004, and a year later scored six podiums and two pole positions in the 2005 championship. He moved to Japan in 2006 to compete in the All Japan F3 and scored one race win and finished seventh in the driver's championship.

In 2007 Marko juggled a second season in the All Japan F3 alongside the British F3 Championship. He dominated the championship, scoring 11 wins and two further podiums, and sealed the title with three rounds to go. Alongside his GP2 drive for the rest of this season, Marko will continue his 2008 role as test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team.

Marko Asmer said about this opportunity: "I'm totally delighted to get this chance with Fisichella Motorsport in GP2 for the rest of the season. It gives me an exciting opportunity to race competitively alongside my BMW Sauber F1 Team testing programme. My sincere thanks to the FMS team and I also owe this one in a big way to my Norwegian sponsor Explora Capital, my management team and my father Toivo. With only one day of testing this car it's certainly going to be a challenge but I'll grab it with both hands and give my all. I'm itching to race: bring on Magny-Cours!"

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Monday 25 September 2017

  2. 15:16

    Follow us on Instagram for the best photos!

    F1
  3. Williams confirms it is evaluating Kubica 15:13

    Williams confirms it is evaluating Kubica

    Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica is one of the drivers it is evaluating for a race seat in 2018, as the Pole continues…

    F1
  4. Video: McLaren speakers in race liveries 13:34

    Video: McLaren speakers in race liveries

    McLaren paired up with Logitech's Ultimate Ears to create a set of ultra-exclusive speakers, inspired by the team's liveries…

    F1
  5. Honda clears Alonso's Singapore PU for use 13:26

    Honda clears Alonso's Singapore PU for use

    Fernando Alonso will be able to re-use the power unit that was fitted to his car for the Singapore Grand Prix, where he got…

    F1
  6. Dovizioso laments 'complicated' weekend 12:27

    Dovizioso laments 'complicated' weekend

    Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso was left to rue a "complicated" Aragón Grand Prix weekend as he fell 16 points behind Honda rival…

    MotoGP
  7. Mercedes has focused on 'painful' moments 11:39

    Mercedes has focused on 'painful' moments

    Toto Wolff says Mercedes has focused on the "painful" moments of the Singapore Grand Prix in a bid to boost its prospects over…

    F1
  8. Video: Biggest crashes of WRC season 10:45

    Video: Biggest crashes of WRC season

    Watch a compilation of crashes from the 2017 World Rally Championship season so far, including spectacular slides, rolls and…

    WRC
  9. Lorenzo: First Ducati win will come soon 10:38

    Lorenzo: First Ducati win will come soon

    Jorge Lorenzo believes his first win in Ducati colours will come "soon" after he led the bulk of the Aragón Grand Prix, before…

    MotoGP
  10. Aston Martin to become Red Bull title partner 09:41

    Aston Martin to become Red Bull title partner

    British luxury sportscar manufacturer Aston Martin will become the title and innovation partner of Red Bull from the 2018…

    F1
  11. Rossi 'proud' of performance at Aragón 09:29

    Rossi 'proud' of performance at Aragón

    Valentino Rossi says he was "quite proud" of his performance at the Aragón Grand Prix, having competed at the sharp end just…

    MotoGP
  12. Norris admits he 'just wanted it too much' 09:08

    Norris admits he 'just wanted it too much'

    Lando Norris has admitted that he "just wanted it too much" as a last-lap collision prevented him from securing the European…

    F3
  13. Video: Super Formula Sugo race highlights 08:20

    Video: Super Formula Sugo race highlights

    Watch highlights of the penultimate round of the 2017 Super Formula season at Sportsland Sugo.

    SF
  14. Gasly 'didn't expect' Super Formula title tilt 08:04

    Gasly 'didn't expect' Super Formula title tilt

    Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly says he did not expect to be in contention for the Super Formula title as a rookie, after scoring…

    SF
  15. Video: Carlos Sainz versus Carlos Sainz 05:20

    Video: Carlos Sainz versus Carlos Sainz

    Red Bull sets up a race between Carlos Sainz and Carlos Sainz - with Senior and Junior facing off in buggies.

    F1
  16. 04:14

    MotoGP standings after Aragón Grand Prix

    MotoGP
  17. Sunday 24 September 2017

  18. Eriksson wins, Norris misses title chance 16:46

    Eriksson wins, Norris misses title chance

    Joel Eriksson survived contact with Lando Norris to secure victory in the final race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring, while…

    F3
  19. 15:22

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Aragón

    MotoGP
  20. Márquez was 'fighting against bike' in race 15:21

    Márquez was 'fighting against bike' in race

    Marc Márquez says he was "fighting against the bike" over the course of the Aragón Grand Prix after recording his fifth…

    MotoGP
  21. 14:23

    In full: Aragón Grand Prix race results

    MotoGP
  22. Márquez fights back for Aragón victory 13:46

    Márquez fights back for Aragón victory

    Marc Márquez extended his championship lead with his fifth victory of the season at the Aragón Grand Prix as he headed…

    MotoGP
  23. 12:00

    Starting grid for the Aragón Grand Prix

    MotoGP
  24. Ducati: Rear tyre choice crucial for race 11:02

    Ducati: Rear tyre choice crucial for race

    Ducati pair Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso believe rear tyre choice will be critical to the manufacturer's prospects of…

    MotoGP
  25. Eriksson wins, Norris edges towards title 10:46

    Eriksson wins, Norris edges towards title

    Motopark's Joel Eriksson ended his victory drought at the Red Bull Ring while McLaren-backed youngster Lando Norris edged closer…

    F3
  26. Flashback: Malaysia's dramatic 2016 race 10:06

    Flashback: Malaysia's dramatic 2016 race

    Last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix was a potentially season-defining race, with Lewis Hamilton winning after Sebastian Vettel's…

    F1
  27. Formula 1 tweaks jump start regulations 09:14

    Formula 1 tweaks jump start regulations

    The FIA has tightened next year's Sporting Regulations regarding jump starts in Formula 1, raising the possibility of penalties…

    F1
  28. Gasly closes on Ishiura with Sugo podium 08:38

    Gasly closes on Ishiura with Sugo podium

    Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly closed the gap to Super Formula title leader Hiroaki Ishiura to just half a point, after…

    SF
  29. Video: Toto Wolff tackles the Nürburgring 05:42

    Video: Toto Wolff tackles the Nürburgring

    Watch as Mercedes boss Toto Wolff tackles the Nürburgring in a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II during the Touring Cars…

    F1
  30. Saturday 23 September 2017

  31. 17:04

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Aragón

    MotoGP
  32. Márquez 'pushed too much' in pole pursuit 17:02

    Márquez 'pushed too much' in pole pursuit

    Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez accepted that he "pushed too much" during the closing stages of qualifying for the Aragón…

    MotoGP
  33. Rossi labels front row spot 'big surprise' 14:46

    Rossi labels front row spot 'big surprise'

    Valentino Rossi labelled his front-row grid spot for the Aragón Grand Prix as a "big surprise" after making an…

    MotoGP
  34. 14:07

    Aragón Grand Prix: Qualifying 2 results

    MotoGP
  35. Viñales takes Aragón pole, Rossi third 14:04

    Viñales takes Aragón pole, Rossi third

    Movistar Yamaha's Maverick Viñales made it back-to-back pole positions during a thrilling qualifying session for the Aragón…

    MotoGP
  36. MotoGP confirms 2018 pre-season schedule 12:46

    MotoGP confirms 2018 pre-season schedule

    MotoGP organisers have confirmed the championship's pre-season test dates and venues for the 2018 campaign. As per usual, the…

    MotoGP
  37. F1 relaxes rules over current cars for demos 11:12

    F1 relaxes rules over current cars for demos

    Formula 1's Sporting Regulations have been relaxed in order to allow current-spec cars to be run at any demonstration events…

    F1
  38. 10:38

    Latest F3 photos: Saturday at Spielberg

    F3
  39. Ilott converts pole into victory in Austria 10:36

    Ilott converts pole into victory in Austria

    Prema's Callum Ilott took his fifth victory of the European Formula 3 season with a lights-to-flag drive in the opening race of…

    F3
  40. 10:00

    Aragón Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    MotoGP
  41. Márquez heads FP3 as Rossi makes Q2 09:59

    Márquez heads FP3 as Rossi makes Q2

    Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez led the way as all six manufacturers had a representative inside the top 10 during the…

    MotoGP
  42. Palmer: Points a weight off my shoulders 08:58

    Palmer: Points a weight off my shoulders

    Renault's Jolyon Palmer says scoring points in Singapore was a "weight off the shoulders" and feels he can tackle the remaining…

    F1
  43. Video: Ralf Schumacher's Formula 4 team 05:48

    Video: Ralf Schumacher's Formula 4 team

    Find out more about the US Racing ADAC Formula 4 team, run by ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher and former Mercedes DTM boss…

    Misc
more news